New to Church

We would love for you to feel welcome and comfortable when you visit us on a Sunday.  So, here is some extra information that might help you know what to expect.

Where & when does the church meet?

We have two worship services every Sunday, starting at 10:45am and 6:30pm.  The morning service usually finishes just after 12pm (All-age services are shorter).  The evening service lasts approximately an hour.  We meet at our church building.

What should I expect when I visit the church?

The first thing you can expect is a warm welcome! A member of our welcome team will meet you at our front door and direct you to where you need to go. Inside, you will meet a very friendly group of people of all ages from different backgrounds.

The morning service lasts about and hour and a quarter, finishing at around 12pm. A typical morning service includes singing, Bible readings, a short message for the children, prayer, and a sermon that teaches what was read earlier from the Bible. Children up to the age of 11 are welcome to go into the Sunday School part way through the service, which runs until the end of the main service.

Once a month, we run an All-age service. These services are suitable for all. Each service has children’s songs and a short, interactive talk from the Bible at a level that children can understand. We also provide worksheets and colouring pages to help the children follow the talk. If needed, there is also an area available where parents can take their small children and still be able to see and hear the service. Refreshments are served in the church hall after the service. See our calendar for dates.

The evening service is around an hour long and includes more time for prayer concerning matters in the UK and around the world.

If you’re able to, we’d encourage you to arrive early or stay after the service to meet new people and ask more questions.

Do I need to bring a Bible?

You are welcome to use the Bibles provided at all our meetings. If you don’t have one at home, just let the service leader know and we’ll get you your own copy to take home afterwards, for free.

Is there a dress code?

No, just be yourself and dress as you do usually.

Will I have to join in?

No, you are welcome to just listen in or participate as you feel comfortable.

What is provided for children at church?

Children between nursery age and 11 years are welcome to go to Sunday School, which starts part way through the morning service. The worship service leader will announce when the children will be going to their groups and the teachers will show them the way. If this is their first visit, we ask that you complete a registration form for your children before the service starts, or you can take them out to Sunday School and register them then.

The Sunday School is held in the church hall (adjoining the rear of the chapel via a corridor). The children start with singing together and then split into different groups according to their age. In their groups, they will be taught lessons from the Bible, usually using Go-Teach material. Children stay in Sunday School until parents collect them at the main service.

Babies and toddlers are welcome to stay in the service. Or, there is a quiet area near the front door where parents can be with their children and still hear and see the service. We are sometimes able to offer a member of our crèche team to look after your child in that location.

Children who are 12 and older stay in the service.

What do you sing?

We sing a mix of traditional and new songs to worship God.

What is the sermon?

The sermon is a message that explains the meaning of the Bible. It teaches the Bible reading in a simple and clear way and shows what it means for us and the world today. We have a sermon in every service we hold because we believe that the Bible is God’s message and that it’s addressed to every person.

The sermons preached at Wetherden have something for everyone, whether that’s people who are just looking into the Christian faith, or Christians who are wanting to grow to know Jesus more deeply.

A selection of sermons given at Wetherden are available on the resources page for you to listen to.

I’ve got more questions.

You may have more questions, so please feel free to contact us for more information.